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June 2016

Will Pye : Radical Gratitude

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Will Pye

By any measure, Will Pye has led a dramatic and extraordinary life. Growing up in a small village in England, wondering about the existence of God, he became a teenage rebel and college dropout, travelled the world, enjoyed enormous success as a professional fundraiser in Australia, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor—all by age 31. All the while, he was driven by a fierce desire to discover the truth, forcing him to face his own demons, and embark on a global spiritual quest that culminated in awakening to unitive consciousness. Today he divides his time between Australia and England, inspiring audiences as a self-professed “spiritual entertainer”, transformational coach, and social entrepreneur, and spreading his message of love and radical gratitude. Will is the author of the critically acclaimed book Blessed with a Brain Tumor.

“Ultimately our planetary circumstance is a consequence of a fundamental error; we believe our experience of a separate and substantial self to be intrinsically real and what we are. We deny the unitive, interconnected nature of being human. We identify with thought and noise, ignoring the vast presence we more truly are. It is only within this confusion we have created, where another human or nature is perceived as being apart from me, that we could possibly destroy. Realizing our inherent unity with all life naturally we love all life and act accordingly.”

www.willpye.com
 

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July 2016

Richard Miller, PhD ~ When Self Falls Away

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Richard Miller 2014

Join Richard Miller on an in-depth and experiential meditative journey into the nature of spiritual awakening that arises as our identification as a separate self is seen through and falls away. During this presentation, Richard explores how spiritual awakening is distinct from, yet unfolds into enlightenment. He discusses the role of intention, motivation, attention, awareness and insight, and examines the essential aspects of being and awareness and what lies beyond. Richard also addresses current research on the neuroscience of meditation.
This presentation will help you understand:
The distinction between self and non-self; How awakening unfolds naturally into en¬lightenment; How to recognize subtle aspects of self that obstruct awakening; Foundational practices that assist awakening; The nature of enlightenment as the em¬bodiment of awakening into daily life; Core practices that support awakening and enlightenment

About Richard Miller, PhD. In 1983, after decades of searching, Richard met his spiritual mentor, Jean Klein, who introduced him to the direct realization of the nondual teachings as exemplified in the paths of Yoga, Advaita, Kashmir Tantra, Taoism, Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Richard now shares this realization and its integration in daily living through meditative self-inquiry, iRest® Nondual Meditation, tantric-informed movement and breathing practices, and the nondual presence of being and awareness. Trained as a clinical psychologist, researcher, yogic scholar and teacher, Richard is the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy. He teaches internationally and serves as a consultant researching the iRest® Meditation protocol he’s developed, studying its efficacy on health, healing, wellness, and awakening. Richard is author of iRest Meditation for Health, Healing and Awakening (Sounds True), The iRest Program for Healing PTSD (New Harbinger), and Yoga Nidra (Sounds True). Richard was named by Yoga Journal as one of 12 lifetime contributors to the field of yoga in America.

www.irest.us

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August 2016

Sat Shree ~ A Crack in the universe

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 7:00 - 8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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In 1998, in a moment of despondency, a successful architect and community activist collapsed onto his drafting table, and woke up hours later with ecstatic energy coursing through every cell in his body. This was the dramatic beginning to Sat Shree’s spiritual journey, which shortly led him to his teacher, and a six-year sojourn in an ashram in southern India. Realizing that his initial kundalini awakening was not the final answer, he immersed himself in meditation and study of the ancient Vedic literature, exploring increasingly ecstatic—and equally challenging —meditative states, before discovering and realizing four distinct stages of enlightenment. Sat Shree (which means “Truth manifestation”) is now the spiritual director of the New Dharma community in Nevada, where the force that is at work within him is shifting the reality of people drawn there. He also teaches and holds retreats throughout the US, as well as in England and India. Sat Shree’s mission is to manifest a new spiritual culture that is in alignment with universal spiritual principles, and by doing so inspire mankind to create a sustainable future.

“Most of my work is with people who have already started the naturally occurring process of awakening, and I am showing them how to collaborate with that process, to get out of the way and let the universe do the work. Being in my energy field tends to accelerate their transformation. I guide people through what is actually a very mechanical process of unfolding, as consciousness wakes up, begins to let go of its identity as a biological being, and starts to identity itself with its original source — which can be experienced and known. It’s not about some God up there, selecting and judging. Transformation is a natural process.”

http://www.satshree.org/

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Pamela Wilson ~ Rest as Yourself

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Pamela Wilson

Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She endears herself to her audiences with her playful and light-hearted humor, combined with compassion and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart, call forth our own inner sage, and create a space in which long-held struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please come and bring your questions!

"Every thought, every feeling, is a visitor. You just say: Welcome. Come in and sit with me."

"There is a notion that we left paradise a long time ago. But this secret garden was the Heart, always here, just waiting for our return."

"Love is a magician. Everything it touches turns into itself."

www.pamelasatsang.com

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